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Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2002 - 2:34 pm:   

The motherboard is brand new, the RAM is good, and so is the Video Card. It gets power, so I am assumeing that the power supply is ok, all the fans run, HD/CD/Floppy run if they are pluged in, and the light on the motherboard turns on.

Specs again:
Giga-Byte GA-7DX+ Motherboard(
nVidia GeForce2 GTS 64MB DDR(
Kingston 256MB 266MHz DDR PC2100 DIMM CL2.5(
AMD Athlon XP 1800+ 1.53GHz(
Case is ATX and I have a 300W Power Supply that came with the case.

It doesn't beep or anything on startup and don't turn the monitor on at all, I have tryed both a AGP and a PCI Video Card and it won't turn on with either. Could it be a bad CPU? I try unpluging the CPU Fan and booting for a few seconds to see if it was a bad CPU Fan but it isn't. Also does the Hard Drive/CD-ROM/Floppy have to be plugged in for it to turn the monitor on? I am thinking not but I don't know. Thanks for all the help.
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2002 - 12:52 pm:   

uh, never unplug the cpu fan with the cpu still in the socket and turn the machine on, athlon's run hot as it is, even for just a few seconds. it'll burn it out for sure. all you'll get is an error on the disks if they're not plugged in. but plug them in anyway. without sitting in front of it, that's all i can think of, this is the brand new board, right?
Posted on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 2:28 am:   

Yes the board is brand new.
v (Vera)
Posted on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 7:08 am:   

In your previous post you indicate

>>The CPU gets hot, telling me it works<<

Did you run it with the heatsink off to feel if it was getting hot? Even briefly? If you did the cpu may be damaged.
Posted on Friday, August 16, 2002 - 2:47 pm:   

That was after the problem so if it is bad it was damaged before that.
v (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2002 - 7:44 am:   

Well your getting it narrowed down. I cast my vote for a dead cpu. Check back and let us know.
Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2002 - 10:33 am:   

The cpu is bad OR it is now. Testing with no fan or no heatsink even if it worked before, those attempts to test may have finsished the job, the cpu is dead. It simply doesn't take long for AMD cpu to fry. Check this url for a real test of what you have invertently did:

On the next cpu, install with heatsink compound or use the "heatpad" with covering removed to expose heatpad. Fan is connected and recheck any jumper/setting etc. befor eapplying power. You should also, leave unplugged the AC plug when working with the system and repeatly touch the metal of power supply to lessen ESD (static) damage.

good luck -----Willy

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